Here's a turn up for the books.
Following up on yesterday's little SyncBack fiasco I was trying to determine why my PC is no longer on speaking terms with my external hard drive. It seemed to be down to an incident involving laundry, specifically a row over lost socks and who owns the the un-claimed third sock. That or it was due to the mysterious USB error 'Code 10' which as far as I can tell simply means, "It aint working". No duh!
So I opened up Device Manager, right clicked on the offending 'Unknown Device' and selected 'Uninstall'. Then I disconnected the External drive, waited a minute and re-connected it. Voila! At least for now... we'll see how long it lasts.
Then I had a brainwave, "Self.. ", I thought, ".. I wonder if we can make Windows assign a fixed drive letter for this device? There must be a way surely: that's how network drives stay mapped after all". Google as always is my friend and sure enough it is possible to assign a consistent drive letter to a USB drive. Thank you 'Dallas Bill' from two years ago and a thousand miles away, thank you Tim Berners-Lee for the World Wide Web and thank you Google!
Now I'm off to play around with drive letters and backup settings.
Happy Monkey. :)